By Nancy York
January 26, 2009
I have a question if anyone can answer. I was talking to a friend
on the telephone about automotive liability insurance, which
is mandatory in the state of California where he resides. That
is, once you are face to face with the DMV clerk to obtain your
vehicle registration, they ask the usual question, "Do you
have proof of liability insurance?" And you MUST show them
proof. I have returned to Ketchikan after being out a few years
residing in the state of Oregon where the driver MUST show proof
of at least liability coverage. Although I carry full coverage
insurance and after chatting with my insurance agent at State
Farm, she mentioned to me that most Alaskans do not carry full
coverage insurance and a lot don't even carry liability automotive
Now, when I was at the DMV
getting my registration and tags, of course, the DMV clerk asked
me, "Can you prove that you carry at least liability insurance?"
And of course, my answer was yes. Keep in mind that at the Alaska
DMV, they only asked if I could provide the proof. They didn't
bother to actually physically see with their eyes that, yes indeed,
the driver does have at least liability insurance coverage.
Now, why and how is it that the state of Alaska can have minor
loopholes for such an infraction to exist when obtaining one's
automitive registration? Or am I missing something here?
About: "Returning Ketchikanite"
Received January 24, 2009 -
Published January 26, 2009
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